Line-Up Completed For Clacton Air Show 2013
The final touches are being put to an exciting line-up of displays for this year’s Clacton Air Show.
With just over a week to go to the event on August 22 and 23 two more flights have been confirmed.
Top aerobatic pilot Richard Goodwin will be appearing in the skies above the town in his iconic Pitts S2S biplane which has been modified specifically for advanced level competition and display flying.
Richard picked up his first trophy for aerobatics more than 30 years ago and has been competing at the highest levels ever since.
He is currently working on developing his plane by building revolutionary new wings ready for the 2014 season.
Richard has been booked for both days of the 22nd annual event at Clacton and will be thrilling the crowds over the town’s beach and greensward.
Another flight which has also confirmed attendance is the Rolls Royce Spitfire – an unarmed, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft.
It represents the pinnacle of the Spitfire’s development, both in terms of speed and altitude capabilities with a top speed of 446mph.
Rolls-Royce bought the aircraft in 1996 to replace its original which was destroyed in a crash in 1992. It has become widely recognised as an ambassador for Rolls-Royce appearing at displays and charity events, as well as corporate functions.
It also honours the pilots of all nations who flew Spitfires, along with the many men and women who built and maintained them.
Alan Goggin, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, said that it promises to be the best Clacton Air Show for many years, if not all time.
“I must admit I am really excited about the programme which has been put together and includes the Vulcan on the Friday and the Red Arrows both days,” he said.
“The TDC team behind this popular event has really pulled out all the stops to bring together a wide and varied range of aircraft and flying skills to suit all tastes and it will be fantastic – especially if the weather holds.”
The Clacton Air Show is the signature event on Tendring’s tourism calendar and a vital boost to the District’s economy – bringing in around £4 million more than would be generated over the two days without the event.
Air Show programmes have been produced at no cost to the Council by Green Square Communications for the second year in succession. They will soon be on sale.
The company, which is based in Colchester, did such a great job last year they have been retained.
“Green Square came up with something bigger and better than any programme we have had before and having seen this year’s it is packed full of interesting facts, information and pictures of the aircraft – as well as a large pull-out poster,” added Cllr Goggin.
“They have turned up trumps once again and I can only thank them for supporting the Air Show in this way and the sale of programmes contributes to making sure we can continue with the event.”
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